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Netflix series Ozark has been renewed for a super-sized final season which will consist of 14 episodes. The show will be split in half and released in two blocks with even more drama. Given the show will be formatted in this way for the final outing, it appears there could be midseason finale of sorts with things left on a giant cliff-hanger.
Will the Byrdes escape the Navarro Cartel in Ozark season 4?
Season four will be tying up all the loose ends as fans learn what happens to Marty (played by Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family.
From the end of series three, it was clear they were now in deep with the Navarro Cartel and its boss Omar Navarro (Felix Solis).
Navarro had his trusted attorney Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer) executed in front of the couple in a move confirming the Byrdes would be his new point of contact.
Following news of the show being renewed for one last outing, Bateman teased the series would be going out with some “bang(s)” which didn’t bode well for the Byrdes.
Many fans have now been speculating about what all of this could mean for the family at the heart of crime drama and the bloody fate perhaps awaiting them.
Speaking at Paley Fest, Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy teased what fans could look forward in the last instalment.
He said: “I think you’re going to learn what they want their endgame to be and I think they’re going to have to reckon with it a little bit.
Mundy cited a scene towards the end of season three when Wendy took her bipolar brother Ben Davis (Tom Pelphrey) on the run.
During a conversation between the siblings, Wendy said: “When you’ve been running for your life, everything else seems exceedingly dull.”
Mundy said this sentiment would very much be part of the final season, hinting perhaps Wendy and Marty could be tiring of trying to outrun their killers.
He explained: “Now, if they’re trying to look to see if there’s an out, they’ve got to figure out if that’s what they want and if so, what’s the version of it that they want.
“Then them reckoning with that after so much chaos. That’s kind of going to be bubbling under the surface, hopefully if we do it right of everything we do.”
From his words, it sounds like the couple could want out from this life of crime one way or another.
There seems to be a sense they want to escape the Navarro Cartel, which isn’t completely out of the realms of possibility given they group is badly losing the Mexican drug war and could be obliterated.
After all, Navarro saw a major hit from a rival drug gang which took out many of his people and left him exposed.
Not only this but Wendy was aware of Navarro’s weakened position and came up with a strategy to run a legitimate business which would essentially be a trust fund for his children should anything happen to him.
However, Marty and Wendy have toyed with the idea of running away before in season two after they made plans to escape to the Gold Coast of Australia.
Despite Marty’s best efforts and plans to leave Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) in charge of his business, Wendy backtracked and made a deal with Helen which saw the family stuck in the Ozarks.
Wendy reasoned the family would always be on the run and looking over their shoulders for the rest of their lives if they did try to flee from the cartel.
Even if Marty and Wendy did escape the cartel, they’ve made lots of enemies including the Kansas City Mob and Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) who wouldn’t hesitate to a put a bullet in the back of their heads.
There’s also the matter of Ruth, who seemed to have switched her allegiances from the Byrdes to Darlene which will have implications in season four and add to the conflict.
Ozark seasons 1 to 3 are streaming on Netflix now
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